Movie Discussion #1: Gerald’s Game


There’s a new Stephen King movie out. Two actually, but today, I’d like to talk about Gerald’s Game, which is available to watch on Netflix.

Gerald’s Game

I’m not a fan of horror. It freaks me out and leaves me with nightmares. So why do I keep torturing myself with horror flicks? I have no idea honestly. If you figure it out, let me know.

This movie was no exception. Based off Stephen King’s book by the same name, it’s a psychological thriller that sends chills up the spine and reminds me why BDSM with actual handcuffs are just not my thing. Nope. No thanks.

I started to read the book, but when I got to the point where the dog appeared and started to feast, I had to put it down. I just… couldn’t. I’ve watched animals dig into a carcass like that for real, and it wasn’t something I wanted to imagine while reading. Thanks, but no thanks.

The movie was good though, and I didn’t really know what to expect from it because where I read to in the book was all in the beginning fifteen-to-twenty minutes, so the rest of the movie was about surviving being cuffed to a bed with a dog at one end and past trauma at the other.

I can’t imagine what it’s like to live with sexual assault, but as we explored Jessie’s past and how it could help save her in the present, it becomes apparent just how much she’s willing to do in order to survive. She’s a survivor, and even though her being cuffed to the bed was a bad thing, it forced her to face her past and become even stronger in the future.

Even worse, in the beginning of the movie, there’s mention of a burgler and I kept on the edge of my seat the whole time Jess heard a noise outside because I kept thinking it would be the burgler, and she wasn’t left in the best of situations. In fact, because she’d already been cuffed to the bed, there would be nothing stopping a burgler from becoming a rapist or murderer, and that terrified me for Jessie’s safety. I mean, she’d left the door open when she and Gerald came inside – I assume for the starving dog because she had a bleeding heart for the poor animal – and the windows were all left open as well.

One of my favorite things about the movie was how Jessie recalled things about Gerald’s habits that led to her survival. There was the fact that he took Viagra, which always left him thirsty. It led her to remember the water on the shelf above her head, and there were other tidbits of trivial matters that led to her ability to drink it when she couldn’t bring it straight to her mouth.

While the fact that she’s seeing ghost versions of her dead husband and herself is terrible and bad, it is a survival tactict that allows her to help her free herself. Not only does she have to free herself from the handcuffs physically trapping her to the bed, she has to free herself from the shackles that have been in her mind since she was a child, and there’s all these little things she thinks of as she’s lying in bed – past memories – that allow her to think her way through her situation.

Despite it all, she keeps a somewhat level head… at least compared to how most people might in the same situation. Not only that, but she keeps her witty and sarcastic humor. She didn’t just take in her situation, feel it was too difficult to escape and give up, lying there in the bed until someone found her. She did at first, but once she “lost her mind” and gained her wits back, she took stock of her situation and proceeded to let her survival instinct kick in.

Favorite Character

Jessie is a tough cookie. She’s been keeping a secret since she was a child, a secret that should never have been a secret in the first place because she was a victim of assault, and then as an adult, she was put into another terrible situation. She’s a survivor.

Memorable Quotes

“How was the steak? It’s two hundred dollars a portion, you know. I don’t suppose you’re a rescue dog. I didn’t think so.” ~ Jessie Burlingame

“Well, I’m pretty sure you just lost your mind.” ~ Jessie Burlingame’s mind-ghost of Gerald

“You’re not real. You’re only made of moonlight.” ~ Jessie Burlingame

Have you watched this show? What did you think of it? Talk to me about it!


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